Police urge public to remain vigilant following vehicle thefts

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Banbury Police Station ENGNNL00120130805154641

Banbury CID officers are asking the public to remain vigilant after a recent spate of vehicle thefts in Banburyshire at the weekend.

On Saturday, June 7, offenders gained entry to four vehicles in Cropredy - all of which had been left unlocked. Between 12am and 8am, they gained accessed to two insecure cars on Station Road and stole a purse and veterinary syringe.

Thieves then entered a car parked on Kyetts Corner between 1am and 1.30pm and stole a sat nav. Another vehicle was targeted in Creampot Lane between 1am and 1.30pm, but nothing was taken.

In Great Bourton, designer sunglasses and an iPod was stolen from an insecure car in Crow Lane.

A further five offences took place in Bloxham overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

Between 10pm on Saturday and 8.40am on Sunday, offenders gained entry to an insecure vehicle in Crab Tree Close, Bloxham and stole cash. Two thefts took place in Brookside Way, where cash and designer sunglasses were stolen.

A further two offences took place in Walsingham Close and Courtington Lane, where insecure vehicles were entered and a torch and sat nav stolen from one and a purse and cash from the other.

Det Sgt Stephen Haddock of Banbury CID, said: “We believe these offences may be linked and are actively pursuing all lines of enquiries. Please be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police via the 101 number.

“I would like to remind residents the importance of locking your car doors and winding up your windows every time you leave it.

“Removing all valuable items from your vehicles wherever possible and if you have to leave something behind don’t leave it on display.

“We are actively patrolling the areas to prevent further offences.”

Anyone with information should call Det Sgt Haddock on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.